Therapists in Harwood, Baltimore, MD

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Hannah Lynn Rhodes
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Harwood, Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
Hannah Rhodes, LCPC, enjoys working with a variety of populations and emphasizes using collaborative, holistic, client-centered approaches to counseling services tailored to fit each person's individual needs for adults 18+. She has a passion for working with clients who are motivated to evoke true healing change in their lives, providing a positive counseling experience in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere using a variety of approaches, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance-and-Commitment Therapy, Person-Centered Counseling, Existential Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy.
Hannah Rhodes, LCPC, enjoys working with a variety of populations and emphasizes using collaborative, holistic, client-centered approaches to counseling services tailored to fit each person's individual needs for adults 18+. She has a passion for working with clients who are motivated to evoke true healing change in their lives, providing a positive counseling experience in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere using a variety of approaches, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance-and-Commitment Therapy, Person-Centered Counseling, Existential Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy.
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James Edwardaro Willey
Psychological Associate, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harwood, Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
Understanding who you are or what you are feeling is difficult when you are not even sure what words to use to describe your experience or what questions to ask yourself. Naming that is a big step. You may put on a mask to navigate the world in order to reduce the pressures you feel from society. High expectations when you were younger may make mistakes seem unacceptable. The journey to explore who you are may seem lonely. You may notice similarities in the relationships you form now with the relationship you have with your family. The early traumas in your life may be triggering you now in ways that are frustrating and upsetting.
Understanding who you are or what you are feeling is difficult when you are not even sure what words to use to describe your experience or what questions to ask yourself. Naming that is a big step. You may put on a mask to navigate the world in order to reduce the pressures you feel from society. High expectations when you were younger may make mistakes seem unacceptable. The journey to explore who you are may seem lonely. You may notice similarities in the relationships you form now with the relationship you have with your family. The early traumas in your life may be triggering you now in ways that are frustrating and upsetting.
(877) 893-5480 View (877) 893-5480
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Jaree Cottman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Harwood, Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Do you want to learn how to turn your story of feeling depressed, anxious and overwhelmed to one of healing and transformation? Let's journey together to change your "Why Me?" to "Wow Me!" I am passionate about supporting women across the lifespan in addressing the mental and emotional strain stemming from life transitions. From issues of identity and self-esteem building among teens, to relationships, career and belongingness in young adulthood and to the multifaceted transitions of motherhood. I am someone who gets it!
Do you want to learn how to turn your story of feeling depressed, anxious and overwhelmed to one of healing and transformation? Let's journey together to change your "Why Me?" to "Wow Me!" I am passionate about supporting women across the lifespan in addressing the mental and emotional strain stemming from life transitions. From issues of identity and self-esteem building among teens, to relationships, career and belongingness in young adulthood and to the multifaceted transitions of motherhood. I am someone who gets it!
(443) 486-7614 View (443) 486-7614
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Elizabeth Holmes
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Harwood, Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
Everyone experiences moments in our lives that feel overwhelming. These moments may seem like a brick wall. We may feel beaten and torn by stressful situations or experiences. With assistance, these experiences can act as an opportunity for personal growth. I would love to have the chance to assist you in gaining control of your life, making desired changes and to adjust to life challenges. I utilize evidence based cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to give you the treatment you need. Treatment focus includes substance abuse counseling, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, and adjustment issues.
Everyone experiences moments in our lives that feel overwhelming. These moments may seem like a brick wall. We may feel beaten and torn by stressful situations or experiences. With assistance, these experiences can act as an opportunity for personal growth. I would love to have the chance to assist you in gaining control of your life, making desired changes and to adjust to life challenges. I utilize evidence based cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to give you the treatment you need. Treatment focus includes substance abuse counseling, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, and adjustment issues.
(502) 889-0046 View (502) 889-0046
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Maggie Donegan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harwood, Baltimore, MD 21218
Not accepting new clients
All people need to feel safe, connected and capable. When something interferes with our ability to get these needs met in a healthy way, we develop alternative solutions or avoidance strategies that may help in the short-term but cause harm in the long run. I provide a safe space for people to explore and process difficult experiences and the self-defeating beliefs and over-adaptive behaviors that may have developed in response. I have a genuine interest in others and bring warmth, authenticity, and a non-judgmental presence to sessions to help you get unstuck and to walk with you on your journey of healing and transformation.
All people need to feel safe, connected and capable. When something interferes with our ability to get these needs met in a healthy way, we develop alternative solutions or avoidance strategies that may help in the short-term but cause harm in the long run. I provide a safe space for people to explore and process difficult experiences and the self-defeating beliefs and over-adaptive behaviors that may have developed in response. I have a genuine interest in others and bring warmth, authenticity, and a non-judgmental presence to sessions to help you get unstuck and to walk with you on your journey of healing and transformation.
(410) 936-7383 View (410) 936-7383
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Paulette S Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harwood, Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
Welcome! Many individuals seek the support of therapy at some point in their lives. The assistance of a skilled and caring therapist can have many benefits. While these benefits may vary, just beginning the process can help ease some of the isolation we all can feel. My mission is to assist my clients with recognizing their innate strengths and build resilience through the use of integrated therapeutic approaches, which include but are not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis, goal-oriented therapy and trauma-informed care.
Welcome! Many individuals seek the support of therapy at some point in their lives. The assistance of a skilled and caring therapist can have many benefits. While these benefits may vary, just beginning the process can help ease some of the isolation we all can feel. My mission is to assist my clients with recognizing their innate strengths and build resilience through the use of integrated therapeutic approaches, which include but are not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis, goal-oriented therapy and trauma-informed care.
(301) 888-5637 View (301) 888-5637
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Keyaira Williams
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harwood, Baltimore, MD 21218
Life comes in waves. We all have our stressful moments and difficult situations but, at times, our ability to ride the waves falters. Maybe you are noticing that you haven’t been feeling your best recently or even for a long time now. You may be noticing your relationships with others beginning to become strained. Or you may have lost someone important in your life and found yourself struggling to cope. Sometimes it might feel as though you’re alone with your struggles or that people do not truly see you.
Life comes in waves. We all have our stressful moments and difficult situations but, at times, our ability to ride the waves falters. Maybe you are noticing that you haven’t been feeling your best recently or even for a long time now. You may be noticing your relationships with others beginning to become strained. Or you may have lost someone important in your life and found yourself struggling to cope. Sometimes it might feel as though you’re alone with your struggles or that people do not truly see you.
(877) 893-5480 View (877) 893-5480
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Jamal Hailey
Psychological Associate, PhD
Verified Verified
Harwood, Baltimore, MD 21218
At times we can all feel overwhelmed, and especially right now. Maybe you’re starting to feel a little disconnected from the people around you. Or maybe you just aren’t feeling like your old self. You feel it’s time for a change, but don’t know where to start. Dealing with stress, on top of everything else, can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed, invisible, and out of control. Let’s work together using the existing tools within yourself to help you start feeling whole again.
At times we can all feel overwhelmed, and especially right now. Maybe you’re starting to feel a little disconnected from the people around you. Or maybe you just aren’t feeling like your old self. You feel it’s time for a change, but don’t know where to start. Dealing with stress, on top of everything else, can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed, invisible, and out of control. Let’s work together using the existing tools within yourself to help you start feeling whole again.
(443) 232-1887 View (443) 232-1887
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Danae Allyson Wheatley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, CCJSOTS, CCSAS, CCDVC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Harwood, Baltimore, MD 21218
Waitlist for new clients
Many of my clients come to therapy seeking healthier ways to communicate with others and address their own issues with self regulation. Often times they need to understand how to "connect the dots", between their present state of functioning and unresolved issues from past hurts, traumas, and patterns of behavior.
Many of my clients come to therapy seeking healthier ways to communicate with others and address their own issues with self regulation. Often times they need to understand how to "connect the dots", between their present state of functioning and unresolved issues from past hurts, traumas, and patterns of behavior.
(410) 847-2406 View (410) 847-2406
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Cheryl Harris Sharman
Pastoral Counselor, MA, CSD, TITC-CT
Verified Verified
Harwood, Baltimore, MD 21218
I love listening. It’s been deepened by many decades and degrees. But, before that, I was a trauma survivor. So I listen to you and your clients the way I wanted someone to listen to me. Both. And. Beyond the decades and degrees, which define my listening in different ways, I shelter people; under the beautiful, broad umbrella of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). I listen - as a container - to create space for clients to see and find meaning; however they define that. I listen with a biopsychosocialspiritual approach. I listen to private clients, organizational clients, and clients experiencing (& transitioning out of) homelessness.
I love listening. It’s been deepened by many decades and degrees. But, before that, I was a trauma survivor. So I listen to you and your clients the way I wanted someone to listen to me. Both. And. Beyond the decades and degrees, which define my listening in different ways, I shelter people; under the beautiful, broad umbrella of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). I listen - as a container - to create space for clients to see and find meaning; however they define that. I listen with a biopsychosocialspiritual approach. I listen to private clients, organizational clients, and clients experiencing (& transitioning out of) homelessness.
(301) 396-7864 View (301) 396-7864
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Becky Miller
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Harwood, Baltimore, MD 21218
Waitlist for new clients
Sometimes, core parts of who we are fall outside of what is considered normal or acceptable. It can feel impossible to understand yourself. You might feel invisible or wonder if you’re really the problem. You know that hiding these parts of yourself doesn’t feel right and isn’t sustainable. At the same time, you question whether it’s worth all the pain that might come from fully exploring and expressing yourself without hiding your identity, isolating from others, or masking. You may already have a strong sense of your identity and know what would help but feel that it's not accessible or possible.
Sometimes, core parts of who we are fall outside of what is considered normal or acceptable. It can feel impossible to understand yourself. You might feel invisible or wonder if you’re really the problem. You know that hiding these parts of yourself doesn’t feel right and isn’t sustainable. At the same time, you question whether it’s worth all the pain that might come from fully exploring and expressing yourself without hiding your identity, isolating from others, or masking. You may already have a strong sense of your identity and know what would help but feel that it's not accessible or possible.
(877) 893-5480 View (877) 893-5480
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Alex Shiflett
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Harwood, Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
I am a dream doula welcoming clients who have specifically been ostracized or misunderstood by the mental health industrial complex. Currently, services geared towards helping are explicitly gate kept by colonist practices, ableist perspectives, carceral state interventions, financial inaccessibility, treatment stigma, and other barriers rooted in the shameful, foundational practices of white supremacy and western culture. My work is specifically political, and intended to help clients cultivate a more liberated life. I curate space for healing as well as dream building.
I am a dream doula welcoming clients who have specifically been ostracized or misunderstood by the mental health industrial complex. Currently, services geared towards helping are explicitly gate kept by colonist practices, ableist perspectives, carceral state interventions, financial inaccessibility, treatment stigma, and other barriers rooted in the shameful, foundational practices of white supremacy and western culture. My work is specifically political, and intended to help clients cultivate a more liberated life. I curate space for healing as well as dream building.
(929) 531-5957 View (929) 531-5957
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Integrative Behavioral Health, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Harwood, Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
Hey, I'm glad you're here. Acknowledging that you need help or desiring change is a brave step, I commend you for taking it. Sometimes, life can feel overwhelming & we all need someone to help us navigate life's daily stressors that come our way. I want to be that person for you, to help you unpack & find healing from whatever you may be facing. Whether you're dealing with stress from work, relationships, disappointment, spirituality concerns, tired of doing the same things & feeling stuck & want to build better communication, reconnection, and healthier relationships or any other challenge, I'm here to support you on this journey.
Hey, I'm glad you're here. Acknowledging that you need help or desiring change is a brave step, I commend you for taking it. Sometimes, life can feel overwhelming & we all need someone to help us navigate life's daily stressors that come our way. I want to be that person for you, to help you unpack & find healing from whatever you may be facing. Whether you're dealing with stress from work, relationships, disappointment, spirituality concerns, tired of doing the same things & feeling stuck & want to build better communication, reconnection, and healthier relationships or any other challenge, I'm here to support you on this journey.
(240) 663-8071 View (240) 663-8071
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Lashunda Mesumbe
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Harwood, Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 469-7297 View (410) 469-7297

Online Therapists

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Courtney Parks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21252  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome to Water Lily Therapy! My primary areas of practice include depression, anxiety, chronic illness, grief and loss, low self-esteem, OCD, LGBTQIA+ and trauma. My approach is eclectic, but based primarily in Client-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with inclusions of motivational interviewing and narrative therapy techniques. When appropriate, I love to incorporate creative interventions such as art, film and humor! I believe that the bond formed between therapist and client is the foundation for healing, change and growth. My goal is to create a safe space for a person to feel truly heard, accepted and valued.
Welcome to Water Lily Therapy! My primary areas of practice include depression, anxiety, chronic illness, grief and loss, low self-esteem, OCD, LGBTQIA+ and trauma. My approach is eclectic, but based primarily in Client-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with inclusions of motivational interviewing and narrative therapy techniques. When appropriate, I love to incorporate creative interventions such as art, film and humor! I believe that the bond formed between therapist and client is the foundation for healing, change and growth. My goal is to create a safe space for a person to feel truly heard, accepted and valued.
(443) 398-3141 View (443) 398-3141
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Rachel F. Beck
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21210  (Online Only)
Do you feel that your life is not going the way you want? Are your relationships characterized by ongoing conflict and distance? Through therapy, I will help you be a more effective person and enjoy healthier relationships. Do you feel anxious most of the time and worried that something bad is going to happen? I can help you learn to manage your anxiety and create a calmer life for yourself. If it is time for you to make changes, I can teach you skills and provide the support you need to move forward.
Do you feel that your life is not going the way you want? Are your relationships characterized by ongoing conflict and distance? Through therapy, I will help you be a more effective person and enjoy healthier relationships. Do you feel anxious most of the time and worried that something bad is going to happen? I can help you learn to manage your anxiety and create a calmer life for yourself. If it is time for you to make changes, I can teach you skills and provide the support you need to move forward.
(443) 478-3973 View (443) 478-3973
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Dr. Shannon Howard
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, PsyD, LCPC, LPC, CSOTP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
She believes that every client is unique in their own way and that each person’s story is different. This is the catalyst behind her coaching methodology. Using targeted strategies and personalized coaching approaches, she works with couples and individuals to help them transition from victim to victor. Dr. Howard helps clients face their past trauma by uncovering and resolving the root issue, assess desired outcomes, and implement a plan of action that leads them toward living a more optimal life experience.
She believes that every client is unique in their own way and that each person’s story is different. This is the catalyst behind her coaching methodology. Using targeted strategies and personalized coaching approaches, she works with couples and individuals to help them transition from victim to victor. Dr. Howard helps clients face their past trauma by uncovering and resolving the root issue, assess desired outcomes, and implement a plan of action that leads them toward living a more optimal life experience.
(240) 222-1039 View (240) 222-1039
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Dr. Vanessa Patton-Scott
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, EdD , LCPC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
I am here to help women from all walks of life experience positive internal and external changes in their lives for emotional growth and wellness. All women in different seasons of life face many obstacles that can be challenging and overwhelming. We provide a safe and therapeutic space for healing.
I am here to help women from all walks of life experience positive internal and external changes in their lives for emotional growth and wellness. All women in different seasons of life face many obstacles that can be challenging and overwhelming. We provide a safe and therapeutic space for healing.
(410) 835-7632 View (410) 835-7632
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Transitional Care Service Inc
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, SAP, CEAP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Therapists at Transitional Care Services assist clients with life challenges, relationship issues, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and persistent mental illness changing lives one person at a time. Transitional Care Services is staffed with dedicated professionals with over 20 years of experience in behavioral health.
Therapists at Transitional Care Services assist clients with life challenges, relationship issues, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and persistent mental illness changing lives one person at a time. Transitional Care Services is staffed with dedicated professionals with over 20 years of experience in behavioral health.
(410) 348-7186 View (410) 348-7186
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Vaughan Wimberley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21224
Good therapy. A good therapist will show you what that means. Treating anxiety and depression is about drawing out and building up your good ideas about your own life, encouraging you to apply them with enthusiasm and faith in yourself. That's what good therapy is and it's fully appreciated when experienced directly. You'll feel it when we're together!
Good therapy. A good therapist will show you what that means. Treating anxiety and depression is about drawing out and building up your good ideas about your own life, encouraging you to apply them with enthusiasm and faith in yourself. That's what good therapy is and it's fully appreciated when experienced directly. You'll feel it when we're together!
(410) 936-5323 View (410) 936-5323

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Number of Therapists in Harwood, Baltimore, MD

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Harwood, Baltimore, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
93% Anxiety
93% Self Esteem
86% Life Transitions
79% Relationship Issues
79% Trauma and PTSD
79% Peer Relationships

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% CareFirst
75% Cigna and Evernorth
67% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Harwood, Baltimore, MD see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
21% Non-Binary
7% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Harwood, Baltimore?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.